Pocket dialing is when a cell phone stuffed in someone's pocket accidentally dials an actual number. In perhaps the worst example of pocket dialing ever, three larceny suspects were arrested after police overheard planning break-ins in upstate New York when one of the pocket dialed "911."
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said that after the call came in, a dispatcher relayed the conversation to deputies. The men described their surroundings and discussed their plans as police listened, and even commented, "there go the cops now."
That information was enough to give a deputy enough of their location that he turned around and stopped their car, a Kia Sportage which was full of tools they had stolen from a business in the Syracuse suburb of Clay.
The dispatcher, still listening in, next heard the driver being asked for his license and registration. The men were arrested on April 26. They face grand larceny and stolen property charges. It's unclear what type of cell phone the suspects were using, but there are smartphone apps that prevent pocket dialing, even if the phone is unlocked.